protect this vital facility from the taliban once the marines are gone? can these guys fight? >> absolutely. >> have you seen them? >> yes, sir. >> is it the same kind of thing we would do in the marines or you do in the air force? >> sometimes the tactics are different. the planning is different. the way that they discuss when and where they're going to do things, but when it has to happen, they make it happen. they're fast, brave and they get things done. >> the weapons become the operations chief. give me a sense of their capabilities. >> i think they're doing a pretty good job. i was here two years ago, since then the afghans have taken the lead in the fight against the insurgency and have stepped up and started doing what they need to do to secure the country. >> very soon this aircraft and the marines will be gone. but what you see today is one more example of how the afghans are taking charge of their own destiny. >> you know, sean, standing next to me, a lieutenant who was with us out to the dam. he's been here since? >> january of this year. >> you've seen a lot. it'